CoolSculpting in Washington, DC, by Dr. West

Coolsculpting® is a revolutionary non-surgical permanent fat reduction technology that gently and effectively reduces or eliminates areas of unwanted fat. The results are similar to those of liposuction, but without the surgery. At the West Institute, we have all of the most advanced, updated CoolSculpting body applicators, and the most up-to-date device that allows us to complete each treatment cycle in just 35 minutes!

By Far the Most Effective Treatment

Research has shown that 25 percent of fat in the abdomen can be removed with only one treatment of CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting freezes away the fat without harming the tissue around it. It can be used on most problem areas of the body, from abs to double chin.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Coolsculpting is a safe, time trusted technology developed at Harvard University. These scientists noticed a strange phenomenon: kids who ate popsicles got dimples on their cheeks. It was common enough, though, to earn itself a name: popsicle panniculitis. This phenomenon would give rise to CoolSculpting. It works by freezing fat cells, which are more sensitive to cold than any other cells. The treated fat cells die and are then naturally eliminated by your body over the course of several weeks.

The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-approved, nonsurgical, non-invasive fat-reducing treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat. The technology utilizes temperatures that are too low for fat to survive yet are still perfectly tolerable by other tissue, such as muscle and skin.

During the procedure, the appropriate applicator is placed on the treatment area and the device applies suction to gently pull in the area of unwanted fat. For the first few minutes you may experience a mild tugging sensation which is followed by cooling.

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After the applicator is removed, the treated area is massaged. At The West Institute, we ensure the most efficient fat reduction possible by massaging mechanically with a device known as Z-wave, demonstrated in clinical studies to maximize results achieved with CoolSculpting. Z-wave is the most technologically advanced massage system, using shock waves to mechanically break up treated fat cells, resulting in more fat removal per cycle when compared to manual massage. Patients typically resume normal activities the same day with no need for compression garments or any other restrictions.

Why Should I Choose Dr. West as Coolsculpting Expert in Washington D.C.?

Dr. Tina West is a board-certified dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, and body contouring procedures including CoolSculpting, EmSculpt, Cellulaze, and more. With over twenty years of experience, Dr. West’s extensive training and unique technique help her to provide highly individualized results for each of her patients, making her your best choice for liposuction in Northern Virginia.

Dr. West understands how important being fit and feeling strong is in her own personal life, and she brings this supportive perspective to all of her patients. For Dr. West, the most rewarding aspect of her career is watching her patients attain their own aesthetic goals, boosting their confidence, and helping them feel attractive. Her unique training, experience, and appreciation for aesthetics allow her to create significant results with natural-looking outcomes.

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Dr. Tina West is a board-certified dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, and body contouring procedures. For over 20 years, Dr. West has dedicated her practice to providing natural-looking results and full patient satisfaction. Dr. West invites you to visit The West Institute for a friendly and informative consultation.

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Is CoolSculpting Right For Me?

CoolSculpting is a fat-reduction treatment for men and women who want to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in certain areas of their body using a nonsurgical alternative that has little to no downtime. CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for the treatment of unwanted fat in the abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), thighs, knees, upper arms, bra-bulge, back, and under the chin (submental) and jawline (submandibular).

Dr. West and team will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals.

CoolSculpting Elite™

The West Institute is proud to offer CoolSculpting Elite, the newest and most effective body contouring technology available. The Elite model was designed to improve your body contouring experience and allow for more treatment area coverage than any other nonsurgical fat reduction device on the market. Compared to the traditional model, CoolSculpting Elite is faster, quieter, more comfortable, and freezes more fat in less time. 

CoolSculpting Elite offers a variety of benefits, including: 

  • Improved Fat Reduction: the CoolSculpting Elite device removes more than 20-25% of unwanted fat. 
  • Better Coverage: CoolSculpting Elite covers 18% more skin surface, targeting more fat cells in the same treatment time. This essentially means you are getting more out of your treatment at no added cost.
  • Additional Applicators: Whereas the old model had one applicator, CoolSculpting Elite has two. Thus, we can treat multiple areas of the body simultaneously.
  • Updated Technology: CoolSculpting Elite is the culmination of ten years of CoolSculpting research, development, and widespread use. The device is now sleeker, more compact, and offers superior freezing technology.
  • Enhanced Versatility: CoolSculpting Elite has multiple applicator shapes and styles that are perfect for treating specific areas of the body. These specialized applicators increase both comfort and effectiveness.

How Long Do The Results Last?

Noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in treated areas can be seen within three weeks, with the most notable improvement appearing within three to six months. The frozen fat cells in the treatment area gradually die over time and are naturally processed by your body. The results in these treated areas are proven and permanent.

Ready to Enjoy a Better Body?

If you would like to take the next step toward a more confident you, Dr. West invites you to reach out and schedule a personalized assessment! Our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your many incredible body contouring options offered at The West Institute.

CoolSculpting FAQs

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment to eliminate body fat. The West Institute is proud to offer CoolSculpting Elite, the newest and most effective body contouring technology available. CoolSculpting Elite can remove up to 25% of unwanted fat in less time than the original model.

CoolSculpting uses controlled freezing to kill fat cells based on a scientific principle called cryolipolysis. The FDA-approved technology uses temperatures that are too low for fat to survive, but are still tolerable to other tissue, such as muscle and skin.

Leaving ice packs on your skin for too long is dangerous because the temperature cannot be monitored, which means you can increase your risk of frostbite. Additionally, an ice pack absorbs body heat too quickly to maintain a steady temperature for an extended period. At home, you also won’t have access to the suction mechanism that draws the tissue below the skin between the CoolSculpting panels, nor will you get the benefits of mechanical massage to break up more fat cells afterward.

You’ll notice natural-looking fat reduction within three weeks, and your results will continue to improve over the next three to six months.

You can make the most of your CoolSculpting treatment by committing to a sensible diet and consistent workout regimen. Many people find a renewed enthusiasm for fitness once they have finally said goodbye to the excess fat that has troubled them for so long.

While diet and exercise can help you get to a healthy body weight, they cannot address the fat you are genetically predisposed to accumulate in specific areas like your thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Strength exercises such as squats and crunches can help you build muscle, but spot toning is a myth. CoolSculpting can help eliminate stubborn fat in targeted zones to reveal the toned muscles underneath.

CoolSculpting is a quick, convenient treatment that takes place in our comfortable office. The device uses gentle suction to pull in the unwanted fat. For the first few minutes, you may experience a mild tugging sensation, followed by cooling. During your appointment, you can relax, read, catch up on your emails, or even fit in a quick nap.


A CoolSculpting session at The West Institute will conclude with a mechanical massage of the treatment area. A massage with our Z-wave device has been shown to maximize CoolSculpting results by using shock waves to mechanically break up treated cells.


After your treatment, you can go back to work or resume any other daily activities, with no need for compression garments or any other restrictions.

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for removing unwanted fat in the abdomen, flanks, thighs, knees, upper arms, bra bulge, back, and under the chin and jawline. Our CoolSculpting Elite device has two applicators that allow us to address multiple areas of your body simultaneously.

With our state-of-the-art CoolSculpting Elite device, we can complete each treatment cycle in only 35 minutes.

After the fat cells die, your body will naturally eliminate them. This process takes time, which is why your results will gradually continue improving. CoolSculpting is ideal for people who want a more subtle outcome that doesn’t leave anyone wondering if they had “work done.”

CoolSculpting requires no downtime or post-procedure activity restrictions. You can return to work or any other responsibilities immediately afterward if you choose to.

CoolSculpting Elite covers 18% more skin surface, targeting more fat cells at once. A single session can remove up to 25% of your unwanted fat. Dr. West and her team will meet with you to learn about your goals, evaluate the targeted areas, and determine whether a series of CoolSculpting treatments might be appropriate for you.

No incisions, injections, stitches, or scarring are involved with CoolSculpting. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment.

Healthy adults with sufficient skin elasticity who are already at or near their target weight are the best candidates for CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is not a treatment designed to help you lose a dramatic amount of weight, but if you already have an effective workout and nutrition routine, it can support your efforts to shape, tone, and contour your most frustrating trouble zones.

CoolSculpting is especially effective for targeting the subcutaneous fat that causes a “dad bod.” With CoolSculpting Elite, we can address fat in the abdominal region, as well as love handles and excess breast tissue.

If your skin has lost its elasticity, it might not bounce back after you lose fat with CoolSculpting. Dr. West will thoroughly examine your skin quality as part of determining your candidacy for this procedure. During your consultation, you can ask questions to ensure your expectations are realistic.

Multiple reviews have concluded that cryolipolysis is a reliable, safe alternative to procedures like liposuction. Side effects are minimal and may include minor swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity. CoolSculpting could cause complications for people with a history of vasculitis, kidney problems, or hemolytic anemia.

CoolSculpting provides results that are similar to those of liposuction but without surgery. It is a gentler treatment requiring no incisions or downtime. CoolSculpting is ideal for anyone who is unable or unwilling to commit to a surgical procedure.

Like CoolSculpting, SculpSure, VelaShape, and Venus Freeze are all non-surgical procedures. However, the technologies work differently and do not all provide the same outcomes.

CoolSculpting is an elective cosmetic procedure, that is not covered by health insurance. Your total price will depend on the number of areas you are having treated and how many sessions you schedule. Dr. West or Amy Waters, P.A. will discuss the cost of your customized CoolSculpting plan with you during your private consultation.